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. >> it's impossible to know with any certainty the changes that would be worked on society by redefining the institution of marriage. >> suppose a state said, because we think that the focus of marriage really should be on procreation, we are not going to give marriage licenses any more to any couple where both people are over the age of 55. would that be constitutional? >> reporter: the court's conservatives were equally skeptical that gay couples have a right to marry. >> i'm curious, when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868, when the 14th amendment was adopted? >> reporter: they said though gay couples in california have all the rights of married couples, letting them be called married would be a big change. >> if you tell a child that someone has to be their friend, i suppose you can force the person to say, this is my friend, but it changes the definition of what it means to be a friend. and that's what it seems to me the supporters of proposition 8 are saying here. >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on the assess
to pick up his bags and pay his bill. small gestures that may signal bigger changes ahead. >> he can make the changes needed because he knows from his own experience in buenos aires what has been missing here in rome. >> reporter: today, francis focused on winning the hearts of romans. going to a basilica dedicated to christ's mother, the virgin mary, considered to be a protector of rome. this souvenir shop near the vatican quickly switched allegiances, quickly selling out of 6,000 photos of the new pope. embracing a more humble image in this regal setting. anne thompson, nbc news, the vatican. >>> i'm miguel almaguer in buenos aires. at an afternoon mass inside the city's main cathedral, the faithful pray for the man who once led their church and will now lead the catholic world. when he was cardinal here, pope francis often sat in the back pews, accessible to anyone seeking his help. his sister said today he never wanted the papacy. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> reporter: when i met john paul ii, i looked up and saw his gaze of infinite loneliness. my brother's gaze reflects lov
themselves. >>> we have a status report tonight on climate change and how visible it is in one of the most stunning places on the globe. if you have the chance in life to journey to the bottom of the earth to antarctica, you will see it unfolding in dramatic fashion. nbc's kerry sanders is just back from there and has our report tonight. >> reporter: it is the waning days of summer in antarctica and there is an annual race on. penguins are hatching. parents nursing their chicks before the first swim in the southern ocean. often their last because of what lurks below. >> the leopard seal is a number one penguin killer. >> reporter: it's part of the balance of life here. leopard seals eat up to 25 penguins a day. some people say there are only two different types of penguins -- the white ones walking towards you and the black ones walking away. but there are 18 different types of penguins. more than half have reason to worry. >> look at that. >> reporter: in the last 50 years average winter temperatures here have risen 10.7 degrees. the national snow and ice status center measured the lowest
costello on this big day for the markets. tom, thanks. changing coming soon to an airport near u. ever since the 9/11 hijackers used box cutters to force down aircraft, the tsa has banned passengers from using knives from boarding the planes with them. now it's changing course, allowing some, but not all knives, and larger items, like golf club and ski poles, and if you must, pool cues, whiffle ball bats and lacrosse sticks. nbc's pete williams has more on all of this from washington tonight. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. tsa says this will relieve the screeners from having to search for small knives and other objects that cannot do catastrophic dame to an airplane and to focus instead on the much more serious hazards. starting next month, tsa will partly lift the restriction that's been in place for 11 years, blocking passengers from bringing knives on board. it's an effort, says tsa, to devote more attention to the most serious threats. >> we are trying to focus on the highest risks, that being the non-metallic improvised explosive devices. and we don't want t
's identity crisis is now personified by senator rob portman's change of heart on same-sex marriage. >> wow, what a crowd. >> reporter: on mitt romney's short list for vice president rob portman voted against same-sex marriage in the house and senate. he said it was a matter of faith. now it's a matter of family. after his 21-year-old son will, a junior at yale, came out to his parents two years ago. >> i think this is something we should allow people to do -- to get married and have the joy and stability of marriage that i have had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have it including our son who is gay. >> reporter: will portman on a kayaking trip with his father and older brother tweeted, especially proud of my dad today. portman joins former vice president cheney who backed his daughter mary and her spouse. and 130 prominent republicans who signed a brief supporting the supreme court challenge to california's proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage. but while a majority of americans, 51%, for the first time support same-sex marriage in a nbc news/wall street journal pol
't be against everything, they can't be against the changes coursing through american society and the world that voters can see with their own eyes. >> and this conversation primarily talking about the campaign going forward to 2016. what about the here and now? does this mean a change in the way the party deals with the president, for example? >> that's an interesting challenge as well. as they fight president obama on specific issues, they have an overarching problem to deal with, they're identified as the party of congress. they need to show congress can function. the most obvious sweet spot for them appears to be the issue of immigration which marco rubio tellingly did not talk about at cpac. >> john harwood, good to have you on, thanks. >>> on a highway in pennsylvania today, a charter bus carrying a women's college sports team veered off the road and crashed into a tree, killing two people on board and leaving a community in deep shock. nbc's michelle franzen has more on that tonight. >> reporter: the first images of a mangled charter bus after it crashed saturday morning along the pe
with some other situations, maybe made him change his mind at that point and he took his own life. >> reporter: police say sebucamaron pulled the fire alarm and believe he did so to get other students out of their rooms. the report shows the tactical rifle came from an l.a. gun shop. after the bomb squad cleared the scene, students were allowed back in the dorm and counselors are now being provided. now, police have not offered a motive for the attack plan. school officials say the student who shot himself was not registered for the current term and that they were involved in the process of moving him out of the dorm when this incident occurred. brian? >> as we say, it appears we came very close. mark potter starting us out from miami tonight. mark, thanks. >>> weather is making news across parts of our country tonight. here we are 48 hours before the arrival of spring, officially. people have had it with winter. you can't blame them. however, more of it is on the move tonight. weather channel meteorologist eric fisher with us now at the big map. eric, good evening. >> good evenin
, virginia tonight. thanks. >>> now to air travel and the tsa's plan to change the rules back to before 911 and allow people to bring small knives on board aircraft. flight attendants came out against this rule change yesterday. then today the air marshals slammed the decision. nbc's pete williams in our d.c. newsroom with more on this tonight. pete? >> reporter: brian, some family members of people killed on 911 are saying they don't like the idea in addition to the federal air marshals. the tsa announced yesterday that starting april 25th, airline passengers can carry on knives that have folding blades up to about 2 1/3 inches long. slightly more than the height of a dollar bill. knives with longer or locking blades will still be banned. so will box cutters and razor blades. a representative for the nation's federal air marshals who are responsible for in-flight security describes them as being, quote, very upset and says the decision puts them at greater risk. relatives of some of the 9/11 victims say a pocketknife can be just as dangerous as a box cutter and a group representing flight
? >> today? nine, your honor. >> nine. and so there has been this sea change between now and 1996. >> reporter: but the court's liberals sharply questioned doma saying the federal benefits denied legally married same-sex couples have a profound effect. >> they touch evy aspect of life. your partner is sick. social security, i mean, it's pervasive. the full marriage and then this sort of skim milk marriage. >> reporter: justice kennedy, potentially the pivotal vote, said the states -- not congress -- traditionally define what it means to be married and eligible for federal benefits. >> you are at real risk of running in conflict with what has always been thought to be the essence of the state police power which is to regulate marriage, divorce, custody. >> reporter: and several justices said congress was improperly discriminating when it passed the law. >> i'm going to quote from the house report here is that congress decided to reflect and honor a collective moral judgment and to express moral disapproval of homosexuality. >> reporter: for justice kennedy, the probable fifth vote
hails from ireland and now preaches to italians. he believes change is inevitable, but says it's not always welcome here. >> most of the people here that i have talked to find it difficult to understand what has just happened, that the pope is also a man. and sometimes they would place him almost on a pedestal that's too high. >> reporter: early tomorrow morning, the cardinals will gather to begin the search for a successor. there is much to discuss. under benedict, there was scandal and accusations of mismanagement. some cardinals may insist on discussing the report into leaked papal documents. for now, the faithful wait to find out who will be chosen and hope he will lead them out of these difficult times. the cardinals are expected to set a date for the conclave in the coming days. tonight, lester, there is little indication as to who the new pope will be. lester? >> keir simmons, thank you. >>> there is growing anxiety in this country among people who could be affected by those deep federal budget cuts that are starting to take effect. publicly, at least no sign of compromi
will take a broad view of a changing world. >> i feel like he needs to be someone who can really just be able to relate to the diversity and catholics around the world. >> reporter: the church in america is at a crossroads. the percentage of u.s. catholics has held steady at 25%. but it is largely on the strength of catholic immigrants, most of them hispanic, obscuring the fact that one out of every three americans who grew up in the church has left. >> i think that he needs to be more focused on today's youth, more trying to get more people back into the church, and i just think it takes a younger person to do that. >> reporter: abortion, the role of women, and attitudes about homosexuality have been at the heart of much of the disconnect between american catholics and the church. for example, in 2012, half of u.s. catholics expressed support for same-sex marriage, something the church strongly opposes. >> i think most american catholics are hoping for a pope who will be more opening to listening to the concerns of some of the people who feel alienated from the roman catholic church
with the neurological changes that are labeled as autism. >> a lot of things are changing. one, awareness is changing. we hear about autism in many different circles. two, clinicians are recognizing autism much more frequently. both of those factors are certainly playing into the increased numbers that we are seeing. >> reporter: the experts say more research is needed to know for certain whether other factors are involved in the ever growing numbers of american children being diagnosed with autism. >> aiden, where's the lollipop? >> the lollipop. >> yeah. >> reporter: robert bazell, nbc news, new york. >>> and where our weather is making news tonight, a whole lot of americans need reminding tonight it is actually spring -- at least the calendar tells us it starts today. with the jet stream dipping way down, a lot of temperatures are way below normal for this time of year. wind chills around zero this morning in parts of the midwest. and across the northern half of the country from coast to coast really the snow cover is hanging in there. there's yet another winter weather system setting up for this
it out there the way that we are. >> reporter: the changes in viewing habits are also making it harder for ratings company nielsen to track. >> people used to rally around the televisions of family with all their friends and now it's much more individual experience. >> reporter: now viewers rally around the time that is convenient for them to tune in and are watching more programs online. >> we need to follow that content and measure it no matter where it goes. that presents an opportunity in terms of helping our clients and it also presents a challenge in terms of getting it right. >> big step forward. we're going to make history. >> reporter: a challenge and game changer in hollywood and at home. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >>> when we come back -- there just has to be a good explanation for this. ♪ ♪ >>> the day after the drawings of that huge powerball jackpot there is a winner. we know the lone winning ticket was purchased somewhere in new jersey. so far no one has come forward to claim the ticket but tomorrow lottery officials plan to announce what location the tick
. it changes constantly, so there is a lot going on behind the scenes that if you just had a single static observation per day, you would miss. >> traditionally, embryos are removed from the incubator once a day for a few minutes of observation. giving researchers limited chance to track changes prior to implantation. the embryoscope takes high-resolution pictures every 20 minutes for an almost real-time look at the cells which never leave the climate-controlled chamber. that access allows doctors to better see which embryos might have the best chance of becoming healthy babies. >> it's amazing. we are learning a lot about embryos. we're seeing things that would not have been possible before. >> while there's no evidence yet that growing cells in the embryoscope leads to a greater number of successful ivf pregnancies, ed and caroline marks, now parents of twins, claire and charlotte, believe it made all the difference. >> you're seeing them go from a fertilized egg to that first split, and it's starting to grow into a baby. and it's just amazing that we actually got to see that. >> the gir
. i don't believe if cpr were done it would have helped or changed this the result. this is not about my mother or me. this is about the policy. i agree with what was done. but bakersfield police now say they're reviewing the call, a probe into possible criminal wrongdoing. this, as many are asking, could more have been done. >> i understand if your boss is telling you can't do it. >> yeah. >> but as a human being, is there anyone willing to help this lady and not let her die? >> um, not at this time. >> reporter: tonight, one state lawmaker is asking for a review of that 911 call. rudy solas says he is shocked by what he heard. meantime, the owners and operators of this facility who say they own the most senior facilities of anywhere in the country say they too are conducting a thorough investigation. brian? >> miguel almaguer starting us off in bakersfield, california tonight. miguel, thanks. >>> let's swing this conversation to our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman. nancy, it's a matter of life and death. this just seemed to collide in matters of compassion and citizenship
of time, a dramatic change has taken place. >> reporter: ice expert norm lasko from the university of wisconsin, milwaukee. >> when we're talking global warming we're talking about average temperatures across the planet which are going up. those, in turn, affect climate, so climate is changing. >> reporter: 90% of the world's freshwater ice is here in antarctica. to givyou an idea how much that is, if it were all to melt at the same time, sea levels would rise the lengths of two football fields. ironically, the word's carbon emissions that scientists say increase global temperatures have melted the ice here, allowing geologists to search and find what may be some of earth's largest petroleum deposits. international treaties prevent oil drilling here. at least for now. >> the reality of it all, i guess, is that it will come eventually. unfortunately, it's the way our world works. >> reporter: antarctica, the last wilderness, and for now, still pristine. kerry sanders, nbc news, antarctica. >> and kerry's special reporting from the bottom of the earth will continue tomorrow morning o
than benedict's mass eight years ago. another change in style revealing more about this pope named francis. today pope francis preached with action as well as words. climbing out of his open air jeep to bless a disabled man, stopping to kiss children, and urging the 200,000 people in st. peter's square to be protectors of the poor, the weak, and the environment. >> i think he's going to challenge all of us to live a deeper life of faith. >> reporter: as dawn broke, eager crowds raced into the square. they saw francis receive the symbols of power -- a lamb's wool stole signifying his status as shepherd of the flock, and the papal fisherman's ring -- gold plated, not the usual solid gold. during mass to an audience that included several world leaders -- [ speaking in foreign language ] -- francis said authentic power is service. and the pope, too, must serve. >> he seems like a very humble man. someone the people can reach out and identify with. >> reporter: in buenos aires where francis was a cardinal, jubilation. they stayed up all night to watch the early morning mass and were rew
to change answers on students' tests in order to push up scores. higher scores were tied to more money through the no child left behind law. many of those implicated in the state report which came out in 2011 were fired or have since resigned. >>> there is another scandal playing out tonight of a different kind in washington. a longtime member of congress is under fire from all sides after he made a racial slur during an interview on the radio. it ignited an instant firestorm. our capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell, with us from washington with details on this tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know this is a real political mess when the congressman's first attempt to fix it wasn't enough. and the timing couldn't be worse. as republicans are in desperate need of attracting more hispanic voters. republican don young who has been alaska's only member of the u.s. house for 40 years made a derogatory comment about mexican migrant workers in a radio interview in alaska. >> my father had a ranch. we used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks, and uh, to pick tom
to be less safe. >> reporter: the president substantially changed the administration's tune. >> this is not going to be a apocalypse, as some people have said. it's just dumb. and it's going to hurt. >> reporter: and his new secretary of defense avoided alarmist language today. >> and we will do what we need to do to assure the capabilities of our forces. >> reporter: still, the president didn't exactly rise above the political rhetoric. >> beginning this week, many middle class families will have their lives disrupted in significant ways. >> reporter: meanwhile, away from the noise of political washington, sequester fears are real. from military bases in maryland. >> i try not to curse, but i've been cursing under my breath, trying to figure out how i'm going to get through this. >> reporter: to federally funded shelters in ohio. >> it is of great concern. the emergency shelter is funded with federal dollars. >> reporter: the white house acknowledges homeland security has released hundreds of undocumented immigrants as a result of the budget cut. and the air force is ground
a major shift in u.s. policy on syria, some in egypt are criticizing the u.s. for not changing its policy when it comes to egypt. they say the u.s. is backing president morsi and his islamist government at the expense of democracy and human rights. a message for america's top diplomats. >> john kerry, you have to know that the egyptian people are angry. >> reporter: instead of pushing for democratic reform, these protesters say washington is supporting egypt's islamist president morsi just like it once backed former leader hosni mubarak. >> we are protesting against american interest groups and supporting a fascist regime. >> reporter: the country's opposition warned kerry president morsi's government is undermining democracy, human rights, and consolidating power. >> we come here as friends for the egyptian people, not for one government, for one person, or one party or ideology but for the egyptian people. >> reporter: but egypt is facing a bigger, looming crisis. its economy is collapsing and kerry urged politicians here to put their differences aside and come to an agreement. differen
. >> reporter: a last gasp of winter, leaving residents on the east coast weary and ready for change. >> i'm done with it. i'm done with it. i want spring. i've had enough. >> reporter: understandably so. but if you are thinking spring, you might want to think again. next storm is rolling to the west as we speak, denver expecting blizzard conditions, and that starts tonight. brian? >> eric fisher, plum island, massachusetts. eric, thanks for your reporting today. >>> in a federal courtroom here in new york today, osama bin laden's son-in-law, an accused plotter in the 9/11 attacks, pleaded not guilty to charges to conspiracy to kill americans. u.s. officials say he was captured in the middle east last week. prosecutors say he's been talking, giving a lengthy statement, perhaps. his court appearance not without controversy. some republicans say bringing him to stand trial in the u.s. is a mistake, because he's an enemy combatant, should be sent to guantanamo instead. >>> a sea of mourners turned out today for the funeral of hugo chavez in venezuela. among them, high-profile world leaders an
. that means there is a different kind of blood. a different mentality. >> it means there is change coming. it's a reason for hope. >> reporter: many say they know it will take more than hope for francis to lead the faithful. >> he has so many issues to take care of -- just so many. i'm going to pray a lot for him. >> reporter: great expectations for a new style from this new pope. but it remains to be seen if that will also bring new substance. brian? >> john yang in chicago for us tonight. john, thanks. >>> many of those hoping for the first american pope were hoping it would be cardinal timothy dolan of new york. he just wrapped up a news conference tonight in rome talking about the new pope from latin america. >> can you imagine when pope francis goes for world youth day, which may probably be his first international trip in july to brazil? can you imagine the welcome he'll get? a pope from latin america. >> cardinal dolan of new york. a news conference just wrapped up in rome. we are back in a moment with some of the other news of this day including the growing opposition now over the tsa
. >>> we're back in a moment with what could be a change in boarding procedures coming to the airport. there's this island -- and it's got super-cute kangaroos. barrow island has got rare kangaroos. ♪ chevron has been developing energy here for decades. we need to protect their environment. we have a strict quarantine system to protect the integrity of the environment. forty years on, it's still a class-a nature reserve. it's our job to look after them. ...it's my job to look after it. ♪ ♪ >>> you may have tried to forget the disco era, especially if you ever owned white bell-bottoms. good luck now, it's being preserved forever. the national recording registry is adding the track of "saturday night fever." it's the library congress so they must be serious about it. we should have given that thing a spin. also enshrined pink floyd, simon and garfunkel and chubby checker. >>> a veteran travel blogger was in line for an american airlines flight when he noticed a new boarding procedure, first class first along with those needing assistance. and then those people without carry-on bag
big changes in the public schools. our chief education correspondent rehema ellis is in detroit tonight after an all day conference as part of our education nation initiative. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. detroit is like a lot of cities struggling with budget deficits and closing schools like the one behind me. proposed shut-downs in chicago are more and bigger than any city has ever attempted all at one time. outrage intensified as word spread. 54 public schools in chicago are slated to close at the end of this school year. >> my child has been here since he's been going to school. >> it's so sad to think that they are all going to be separated. >> reporter: the city is working to address a $1 billion deficit and says the closures could save $560 million over ten years. before it can save it has to spend. $223 million to reconfigure the schools absorbing new students. >> this policy is racist, classist and we have to continue to say that our mayor who is away on a ski trip drops this information right before spring break. this is cowardly. it's the ultimate b
would agree to changes in cuts in medicare and social security, and republicans would come up with a little bit more tax revenue, lester. >> all right, john harwood tonight, thank you. >>> president obama wrapped up his four-day visit to the middle east today, after helping israel and turkey end a three-year diplomatic dispute. that, in turn, will help the region deal with the civil war in syria. before he left today, the president turned his attention to the past, visiting jordan's ancient city of petra, one of the world's most celebrated archaeological sites. with the president on his way home, secretary of state john kerry remained in the region. we get more tonight from nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: john kerry, with jordan's king abdullah at his side, stayed behind, wasting no time trying to deliver on the president's promise of a fresh start for middle east diplomacy. shuttling from the king to an afternoon meeting in amman with palestinian president mahmoud abbas, then a quick trip to jerusalem for dinner with israel's prime min
from recognizing same-sex marriage in the states that allow it. much has changed in the 17 years since president clinton signed it into law. he now says it should be overturned because it's unconstitutional discrimination. no states permitted same-sex marriage when congress passed doma. now nine states do allow it, along with washington, d.c. 38 others ban it by law or constitutional amendment. >> what do we want? >> marriage equality. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> reporter: public opinion polls show more than half of americans now support it. supporters of marriage for gay couples claim the cultural tide is moving in their direction. >> if the supreme court disagrees with these claims, history will not look fondly on it. the court almost prides itself in moving very slowly, not being out in front of the culture, lagging behind some. that's probably the dilemma for the justices. >> reporter: and there is a footnote. among those who do have a seat inside for tomorrow's argument is a cousin of chief justice john roberts. jean pedroski of san francisco. she writes in an online comment
's puget sound coastline forever changed. a massive landslide. 900 feet wide, 1500 feet deep. this is what the area used to look like then and now. >> it looks like the end of the earth right there. >> it does, doesn't it? >> reporter: delia curt awoke to the rumble of trees snapping. half her backyard slid into the ocean. her home could be next. >> you're done? >> i'm done. i'm done. i had six wonderful years here. wonderful. raised my animals, had great parties. but, no. i don't trust it. >> reporter: experts say years of wet weather likely played a role in this slide. they say global warming is not to blame. >> when you get storms year after year, tens of years, hundreds, thousands of years, this can happen. >> reporter: with one home destroyed and 18 others threatened the soil is still shifting. all day yesterday chunks of this cliff were falling hundreds of feet below. today, the land looks more stable. but geologists say this hill could go at any time. rescue teams say it's a miracle no one was hurt here. just last month in florida, a sink hole swallowed one man alive. in illinois, a
, and secretly record conversations. investigators say some teachers would gather in locked rooms to change answers. but one of the accused, angela williamson of dobbs elementary, says that never happened at her school. she's stunned, since the school panel cleared her of wrongdoing last year. did you ever help your students cheat? >> i have a good heart. i always have. and i never, ever participated in any cheating. i did what was right for my students. and that is to teach them. >> reporter: at another school, christine collins, claimed her daughter fell behind, while her test scores seemed to improve. >> it's really hard. like i'm 15, and i'm reading on a 5th grade level. and it's not good. >> it's heartbreaking that we have individuals that would stoop that low in a situation for something as simple as money. >> reporter: cheating is not just a problem in georgia, as pressure to do well on standardized tests has grown. in texas, a former el paso superintendent recently went to prison after removing students from classes to improve test scores. now the new superintendent in atlanta says
filibuster. is washington changing the way we do business or are we in for more of the same? close to 1:00 a.m., it was still going on. >> we all agree, if someone is outside the capitol with a rocket launcher, grenade launcher, lethal force can be used against them. >> reporter: it started 13 hours earlier. >> i rise today to begin to filibuster john brennan's nomination for the cia. i will speak until i can no longer speak. >> reporter: paul wanted a straight answer from the president on the use of drones. >> the answer should be so easy. i can't imagine that he will not expressly come forward and say no. i will not kill americans on american soil. >> reporter: and it kept going. >> cafe in seattle. africa has great resources. on a kill list -- >> reporter: after a while, he got some help. >> i will read a series of tweets. so proud of rand paul standing up for what's right. stand with rand. >> that takes me back to another modern-day poet by the name of jay-z. >> reporter: even democrats chimed in. >> he's raising an important issue and i think it's a legitimate question. >> reporter: pau
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